5 tips for dressing for an interview // guys

As promised – in this post, you’ll find some tips for men when dressing for an interview. Echoing our last post, I always suggest showing up overdressed. Please note that this may not be appropriate for every job applicant; for a waitress position, I wore nice pants, a trendier shirt and comfortable shoes in case I was asked to shadow or start immediately, and in some industries, you can gauge how to dress by what the employees wear.

It’s generally a good idea to do your research before you interview. If you’re going to an office setting, then a more traditional outfit might be the best option. If you’re meeting a friend at their house to discuss an opening at their company, you could definitely get away with something more casual but it’s still a good idea to appear professional.

{If you missed the post geared towards ladies, click here!}

 

  1. Consider the industry and build an outfit around that. This works for both men and women. If you’re an artist, consider something trendy and fun, but still professional. If you’re applying for an entry-level corporate position, try a great tie with a more neutral suit.
  2. Show your style while remaining approachable. Many guys may not think that they have “style” – think of your go-to outfit. Jeans and a t-shirt? Your favorite jacket? That’s your style. If you have tattoos and you’re proud of them – and they are extremely visible, make sure to check the company’s stance on tattoos. Many employers no longer have issues with tattoos as long as they are “appropriate” – this can mean a few things. It never hurts to cover up a bit for the first interview and then gauge how others are dressing. If you’re working in an industry where you’re completely on your own – that might give you more leeway!
  3. Wear clothing that FITS. It’s so important to show that you’re proud of yourself, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to pick pieces that fit, and fit well. If you have trouble buying jeans or a suit, don’t hesitate to visit a tailor. Ask your friends (or your mom!) and you should be able to find someone local that can help you feel like a million bucks. Feeling great in your clothing isn’t gender-specific! Iron your clothes, steam them – whatever it takes. Get those wrinkles out! When you have clothes that look and feel great, you’ll feel more prepared.
  4. Choose a statement piece and build around that. I’m going to be bold and make some very generalized statements here – so if this doesn’t fit you, disregard! If I ask my female friends about their favorite “statement piece” – they’d know exactly what I was talking about. A necklace, their favorite top… if I asked my husband, he’d probably think I was crazy. He loves hats, it’s his favorite accessory. However, I would say his statement piece is this really great pastel blue button-up shirt that he occasionally wears to work. It makes him stand out, it’s really flattering on his skin tone and if he were to ever interview for another job, I’d definitely recommend that shirt!
  5. Dress for the job you WANT. I’ve heard this time and time again but it’s so true! It never hurts to be a little overdressed. You’ll feel like a rock star if you’re wearing something that makes you feel great.

Bonus tip: Rock a great hairstyle. This is almost a fun tip – again, I think it has to do with what industry you’re in. If you normally wear a huge, spiky mow-hawk but you’re applying for a job at a hospital or a more traditional corporate office, it might be a good idea to find a different style. Sometimes, too much product can seem unapproachable. Hair gel can be a little dated – I would try mousse or pomade. Questions? Find a hairdresser near you and ask them their advice! In today’s world – it’s SO cool to see guys rocking different hairstyles. Sometimes, all it takes is a small makeover to really give you the confidence to tackle that interview!

All in all – be creative and do your research. Don’t try to hide who you are – aim for the best version of yourself.

Need help picking an outfit? Ask your friends! We’ll be posting about tips for the actual interviews and resume help – stay tuned!

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